For the entire past week, Saurashtra, Kutch, South Gujarat and parts of Dang have been hit by unseasonal rains and hailstorms. Saturday was no exception to the uncharacteristic March showers. The rains are being attributed to a western disturbance in the middle and upper tropospheric levels and an induced cyclonic circulation over Southwest Rajasthan and its neighbourhood in the lower tropospheric levels. Many areas of Kutch, including Bhuj, Rapar, Mandvi and Abdasa, reportedly received heavy rain.
Districts like Bhavnagar experienced strong winds and thunderstorms starting Friday night. Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka and Amreli were also hit hard by unseasonal rain. Mango farmers in this region have expressed concern about the unseasonal rains leading to widespread spoilage of the crop. In some areas, strong winds have caused unripe fruit to fall from the trees.
The predominantly tribal Dang district’s moderate rainfall over the last two days has impacted its eco-tourism inflow over the week.
Meanwhile, the weatherman advises bracing up till March 23 for light to moderate rain and/ or thundershowers in Patan, Mehsana, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Gandhinagar, Aravalli and Ahmedabad. Rainfall is also a strong likelihood in Panchmahal, Dahod, Mahisagar, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Valsad, and Saurashtra districts.
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